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First look: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tour

Molly Grace Cutler Carole King Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Molly Grace Cutler Carole King Photography by Ellie Kurttz

Here’s a first look at the upcoming new tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

The Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton co-production will open at Leicester’s Curve on 28 February before touring the UK.

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The company will be led by Molly-Grace Cutler (The Worst Witch, Girls Don’t Play Guitars, We’ll Live and Die in these Towns) as Carole King.

Tom Milner (Holby City, Waterloo Road) will play Gerry Goffin, Carole’s former husband and collaborator. Seren Sandham-Davies (Crazy For You, Brassed Off) and Jos Slovick, who performed in the original West End production of Once, will play husband and wife song-writing duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

(L-R)  Naomi Alade Shirelle Louise Francis Shirelle Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Amena El Kindy Shirelle and Little Eva Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Naomi Alade Shirelle Louise Francis Shirelle Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Amena El Kindy Shirelle and Little Eva Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R)  Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
 R Louise Francis Naomi Alade Amena El Kindy and Adrien Spencer The Shirelles Photography by Ellie Kurttz
R Louise Francis Naomi Alade Amena El Kindy and Adrien Spencer The Shirelles Photography by Ellie Kurttz
 (L-R)  Kevin Yates Kemi Clarke Dylan Gordon Jones and Myles Miller The Drifters Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Kevin Yates Kemi Clarke Dylan Gordon Jones and Myles Miller The Drifters Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R)  Dan de Cruz On stage Musical Director Righteous Brother and Neil Sedaka and Peter Mooney Nick and Righteous Brother Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Dan de Cruz On stage Musical Director Righteous Brother and Neil Sedaka and Peter Mooney Nick and Righteous Brother Photography by Ellie Kurttz

Further casting includes Garry Robson as music producer and talent manager Don Kirshner and Claire Greenway as Carole’s mother Genie Klein while Dan de Cruz will join as the production’s on-stage Musical Director.

The cast is completed by Naomi Alade, Kemi Clarke, Chris Coxon, Amena El-Kindy, Louise Francis, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Jessica Jolleys, Sorrel Jordan, Myles Miller, Peter Mooney, Adrien Spencer and Kevin Yates.

After its run in Leicester, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will tour to Theatre Royal Bath (17 – 26 March), Theatre Royal Brighton (29 March – 2 April), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (5 – 9 April), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (12 – 16 April), Newcastle Theatre Royal (19 – 23 April), Orchard Theatre Dartford (26 – 30 April), Malvern Theatres (3 – 7 May), Cambridge Arts Theatre (10 – 21 May) and New Theatre, Cardiff (24 – 28 May).

The cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical Photography by Ellie Kurttz
The cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R)  Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R)  Myles Miller Drifter and Engineer and Kevin Yates Drifter and Lou Adler Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Myles Miller Drifter and Engineer and Kevin Yates Drifter and Lou Adler Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R)  Seren Sandham Davies Cynthia Weil and Jos Slovick Barry Mann Photography by Ellie Kurttz
(L-R) Seren Sandham Davies Cynthia Weil and Jos Slovick Barry Mann Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Garry Robson Donnie Kirshner Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Garry Robson Donnie Kirshner Photography by Ellie Kurttz

Based on the story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from singer/songwriter to chart-topping music legend, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is written by Douglas McGrath, with songs by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

The new production is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with choreography from Leah Hill, orchestrations by Steve Sidwell, musical supervision by Sarah Travis.

Top Kemi Clarke Drifter Bottom Claire Greenway Genie Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Sorrel Jordan Betty and Marilyn Wald Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Top Kemi Clarke Drifter Bottom Claire Greenway Genie Molly Grace Cutler Carole King and Sorrel Jordan Betty and Marilyn Wald Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Top Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Bottom Dylan Gordon Jones Kevin Yates Kemi Clarke and Myles Miller The Drifters Photography by Ellie Kurttz.
Top Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Bottom Dylan Gordon Jones Kevin Yates Kemi Clarke and Myles Miller The Drifters Photography by Ellie Kurttz.
Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
Tom Milner Gerry Goffin Photography by Ellie Kurttz
The cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical Photography by Ellie Kurttz
The cast of Beautiful The Carole King Musical Photography by Ellie Kurttz

The creative team also includes associate choreographer Tarik Frimpong, set designer Frankie Bradshaw, costume designer Edd Lindley, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Tom Marshall, associate director Jennifer Lane Baker and casting director Kay Magson CDG.

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